Nov 21, 2008, 4:31 AM
(Wednesday July 20, 2016 Issue)
The whooping sum of D500, 000 given by the First Lady of the nation to support school feeding, especially to schools of children with learning difficulties, speaks volumes of her love and keen interest in children.
Although reports have indicated that such a support will be annually carried out by the First lady, all those who have the means in this country have been urged to emulate her by supporting the school feeding programme in the country.
School feeding, as rightly stated by the World Food Programme representative, is one of the ways that contribute to nation-building, as it ensures that children are kept in school and help in getting “the foundation of behaviour that are conducive for education and development both physically and mentally”.
This is very true, more so that sustainable school feeding programme contributes to keeping children healthy and in school, which greatly helps in their academic growth.
“The foundation of any nation depends on education,” the WFP representative says, giving the sense that education and healthy diet complement each other.
Furthermore, what makes the helping hand of the first lady more resounding is the fact that this time around she decided to focus again on children with learning difficulties in schools and centres such as Gambia Organization for Visually Impaired (GOVI), St. John’s School for the Deaf and Methodist School for Learning Difficulties.
This noble act is indeed commendable. And to keep the good example she has set trending, other people in our society - whether the affluent, the wealthy, the generous or the lay man – should come in one way or the other to assist in feeding our children in school, the future of our society and nation.
Dalai Lama once said: “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” So let us continue to help one another, especially our young ones.
“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. ”